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The year has started with consolidation and partnerships. On a personnel level, the changes have continued with Ingram Micro changing its CEO last week, and others done the same – a fresh year clearly brings some fresh impetus to those looking for growth.
The distributor has given Kim Lonas the chance to make a positive impact in the business as global diversity and inclusion programme lead.
She was most recently HR director at Exertis North America, and has been driving the D&I agenda and has been a contributing member of AVIXA’s Diversity Council for the past three and a half years. Lonas is co-lead for DCC’s Inclusion & Diversity project workstream and co-chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council of Western New York.
Tim Griffin, DCC Technology & Exertis Group managing director, said: “This is a crucial role and will prove to be a catalyst for accelerating our journey towards an even more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone can unleash their full potential. I am delighted to have Kim take on this challenge from North America, reflecting our ever-increasing international business.”
The firm has decided the time is right to change things at the top, with Cyril Malargé becoming CEO and replacing Vincent Paris. The shuffle came as Paris asked to be relieved from his position for personal and family reasons. The change will happen on 1 March, and Malargé will move from his former role of COO. Prior to that, he is enjoying a spell as managing director of the firm’s France unit.
“I am honoured to have been appointed as chief executive officer of Sopra Steria, and would like to thank Mr. Pasquier and the board of directors for their confidence. I would like to pay tribute to Vincent Paris for his decisive contribution to the development of the Group.
“With the support of the board of directors, the executive committee, all the employees and myself are fully mobilised to continue to provide the best service to our clients and pursue the Group's strategy to achieve the objectives we have set ourselves.”
The cloud platform player has turned to Scott Chasin to become its next chief technology officer. His CV spans more than three decades and in that time he has served as chief technology officer for several industry-leading companies.
“We are excited he is joining the Pax8 leadership team as CTO as we are building our revolutionary product roadmap to address the current and future needs of our partners. His unique approach to business and technology will enable us to create, prioritise and establish a framework that modernises the industry,” said John Street, CEO at Pax8.
The data integration player has bolstered its leadership team across EMEA, adding Guro Bakkeng Bergan as vice-president general manager of EMEA, plus Ciarán McGoldrick, as head of alliances, EMEA and APAC.
Prior to taking up these roles, Bakkeng Bergan was global vice-president of sales acceleration, execution and strategy at cloud software provider New Relic. McGoldrick has most recently been building the partner ecosystem for Google Cloud’s Southeast Asia business.
“Guro and Ciarán bring invaluable expertise to Fivetran, and join us at the most exciting time in our company’s history,” said Jim Smittkamp, CRO at Fivetran. “We see a huge market opportunity across EMEA, especially for our enterprise business, and our new executives’ complementary and diverse array of skills make them ideal leaders to drive this next phase of growth.”